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Younger looking skin starts with a proper skincare routine each day —  countering the possible effects of pollution — should be quick, affordable and easy to do. So why do so many of us forgo skincare in our daily routines?

Unfortunately, everyday pollution and UV rays can easily wreak havoc on your skin, so it’s essential to develop a proper skincare routine to combat these effects. In a given year, Australians are subject to millions of pollution particles emitted into the air. Many Australians encounter those particles on their daily commutes, and because they can be 20 times smaller than your pores, they can infiltrate deep levels of your epidermis, leading to inflammation, dehydration and/or loss of elasticity.

Without a regular skincare routine, you’re also more apt to deal with dryness, irritation, acne, accelerated ageing, hyper-pigmentation, dullness and other unwanted attributes that can result from the air quality. That may be why six in 10 Australian adults say they cope with as many as 10 “bad skin days” monthly.

Forming good skincare habits is not complicated, and it can pay off significantly in terms of your health and appearance. It’s never too late to begin a daily skincare routine that offers the best possible protection against unhealthy elements in our environment.”

Consider adopting these five habits that will keep your skin younger, glowing and protected from all that it encounters.

6 Simple Skincare Tips to Younger Looking Skin

1) Shop organic. First and foremost, the most important skincare routine is to shop organic. Even with all the pollution and weather affecting your skin, if you’re not using natural or organic products, you might be worse off. Always do your research and when in doubt, seek a specialist in skincare.

2) Use an effective sunscreen/ moisturiser every day. Apply a product that has an SPF of 30 or higher, is water resistant and provides broad-spectrum coverage so it protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. Reapply it throughout the day as needed. Henry points to studies indicating pollution may worsen the effects of UV and increase the risk of skin cancer.

3) Wash twice daily with a quality cleanser. Choosing the right product is key. There’s a lot of great organics skincare products out there to choose from. Just have a look at Biome’s shop for your perfect Hydrating Facial Cleanser or Foaming Facial Cleanser, which are gentle on skin and deeply cleanse to remove dirt, oil and residue that build up throughout the day, helping to counteract the harmful effects of pollution and leaving skin hydrated.

4) Send linens through the laundry. Ideally, towels and washcloths should be washed in hot water after one use, and pillowcases should be washed or changed multiple times per week. While this may seem nearly impossible, frequently changing or washing pillowcases will help to keep dirt, oil and dead skin cells from building up and seeping into skin night after night.

5) Eat well. Everyone well tell you that eating a diet rich in antioxidants, like a whole food plant based diet will definitely help protect skin, pointing to foods such as carrots, apricots, spinach, tomatoes, berries, beans, peas, lentils, salmon and nuts. Conversely, diets high in processed or refined sugars or other carbohydrates and unhealthy fats may promote skin ageing.

6) Get physical. Ever notice how your skin glows after a good workout? Physical activity promotes circulation, which carries oxygen and nutrients that nourish skin cells. Increased blood flow also helps whisk away waste products like free radicals from your cells. Further, exercise can reduce stress that may adversely affect your skin.

Taking a few minutes each day to care for your skin is well worth your while, especially when it comes to combating the effects of pollutants encountered daily. Visit Biome to find natural, ethical and organic skincare products suitable for your skin’s needs.